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American Pie by Don McLean - (v1)

 
 
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"American Pie" is a folk rock song by American singer-songwriter Don McLean. Recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971, the single was a number-one U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972. A re-release in 1991 did not chart in the U.S., but reached number 2 in the UK. The song is a recounting of "The Day the Music Died" – the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.). The song was listed as the number five song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century. "American Pie" is Don McLean's signature song. The song is well known for its cryptic lyrics that have long been the subject of curiosity and speculation. Although McLean dedicated the American Pie album to Buddy Holly, none of the musicians in the plane crash are identified by name in the song itself. When asked what "American Pie" meant, McLean replied, "It means I never have. Show piano letters!
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Donald "Don" McLean (born October 2, 1945, New Rochelle, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. He is most famous for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the renowned songs "American Pie" and "Vincent". Both McLean's grandfather and father were also named Donald McLean. The Buccis, the family of McLean's mother, Elizabeth, came from Abruzzo in central Italy. They left Italy and settled in Port Chester, New York at the end of the 19th century. He has other extended family in Los Angeles and Boston. As a young teenager, McLean became interested in folk music, particularly the Weavers' 1955 recording At Carnegie Hall. Childhood asthma meant that McLean missed long periods of school, and although he slipped back in his studies, his love of music was allowed to flourish. He often performed shows for family and friends. By age 16 he had bought his first guitar (a Harmony acoustic archtop with a sunburst finish) and begun making contacts in the music business, becoming friends with folk singer Erik Darling, a latter-day member of the Weavers. McLean recorded his first studio sessions (with singer Lisa Kindred) while still in prep school. "American.
 
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THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN DAY PIANO  If you talk about love and melody together, the first thing that comes to your mind is the sweet tune of the piano. Ranging from the classic masterpieces of the Beethoven’s Symphony to the classical melodies of music maestro Yanni, the sound of a playing piano has always been a delight to the ears. The piano has provided some classic notes over its life of more than 300 years. Modern day piano has evolved a lot as compared to its most basic version developed in the early 18th century from the harpsichord. The modern day piano, however, is case out of an iron frame with a frame where strings are fastened and wrest plank that assists in tuning the strings for the musical clarity.   (More...)
 
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